Why you should wait 12 months to give a baby homogenized milk

The pediatrician recommended to wait at least 12 months before giving cow’s milk to your baby, but why? The website Baby Center says there are several reasons to expect. The most important reason to wait is that the baby can not digest the protein in cow’s milk. Another reason is that it contains a lot of potassium, sodium and chloride, which is very strong for your baby’s kidneys.

Complications

If you give cow’s milk to your baby before its first birthday , you risk having allergies or worse, severe anemia, according to the magazine “Today’s Parent”. Give your baby cow’s milk can cause small amounts of blood in the gastrointestinal tract. This blood loss can cause iron deficiency anemia generating. By the time that the baby is 9 months old, cow milk and causes no bleeding. Just to be safe, however, most doctors recommend waiting 12 months before giving cow’s milk to a child.

Benefits of cow's milk

Feeding your baby

The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, recommends feeding your baby only breast milk or formula for the first four months of life, breast milk or formula combined with solid foods during the first year of life. According to Lucile Packard, rice cereal should be introduced prmero, then the vegetables, fruits and finally meat. A baby can start drinking juice at 6 months, you have enough to drink a cup age. Continue reading “Why you should wait 12 months to give a baby homogenized milk”